Secker defies the odds with Battalion

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Sky Battalion Coach &, Former Lioli assistant coach Thabile Secker Instructs his players

Mikia Kalati

YOUTHFUL Sky Battalion have defied the odds and shocked many football lovers with their assured displays that have seen them claim many scalps and surge to fourth place in their first season of topflight soccer.

But none of this surprises coach Thabile Secker.

Sky Battalion beat Matlama 1-0 on Monday to complete a double over the country’s most successful side after winning the reverse fixture 3-1.

The win helped the rookies to overtake LCS on fourth position courtesy of a superior goal difference.

They could well achieve a top four finish and Secker who also donned the blue and white colours of Matlama in his playing days, says he is not all surprised given the “hard work, determination and commitment from our players coupled with good preparations at the start of the season”.

The former midfield workhorse also said the experience he garnered as assistant coach at Lioli and winning a lot of trophies helped him become a better coach.

He also said working with a young group of players who were willing to succeed had made life easier.

“The experience I gathered as a player and as well as assistant coach at Lioli helped me to become my own man at Sky Battalion.

“Credit also goes to the players as they have made my life easier in the sense that they have put their feet on the ground and they are willing to learn.

“They are hungry for success and willing to go an extra mile all the time,” Secker said.

His success is rumoured to have caught the eye of a number of big guns who are said to be interested in his services.

But Secker insisted he was happy at the club owned by Chinese business man Hua Gao, who bought the Sky Battalion franchise before helping them gain promotion to the premier league.

“I’m committed to Sky Battalion and have already signed a pre-contract to be here for the next five years.

“I’m committed to the project to develop young talent and take them overseas especially to China where the owner has contacts.

“I enjoy working with boys and it will take a special offer to lure me from the club.”

He said they aimed to finish “as high as we can because our goal at the start of the season was to avoid relegation and remain in the big league”.

“Anything above that will be a bonus,” he said.

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